Parks and Recreation actress and comedian Mara Marini puts The Counselor stars Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem head-to-head in our weekly debate and asks you to decide: Who's hotter?
Brad Pitt was born William Brad Pitt in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Dec. 18, 1963. His family was Southern Baptist and he has two younger siblings. His father owned a trucking company and his mother was a family counselor. Often described as one of the world's most attractive men, with his blond locks, bold blue eyes and square jaw, he's also gifted, charitable and a phenomenal father.
Javier Bardem was born March 1, 1969, in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain. His family was a popular acting family in Spain and he has two younger siblings. His father was a businessman and his mother is an actress. He was the sexy star of steamy films in Spain and then expanded into more dramatic roles in the mid '90s. With his big eyes, Greek god bone structure and beefcake bod, it will be hard to choose your fave out of these two contestants.
Brad Pitt: Known for such films as Legends of the Fall, Fight Club and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pitt doesn't just have a face that belongs on the big screen, he also has a huge talent. With a résumé rich in variety, substance and dimension, he has four Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations to his name. He won a Golden Globe for his performance in Moneyball.
Javier Bardem: He made his first film appearance at the age of 6. Even though he grew up in a family of actors, he saw himself going into painting. He began to take on acting jobs to support his artistic endeavors. He booked his first major motion picture, alongside his mother, Pilar Bardem, when he was 20 years old. In 1997, John Malkovich approached him for a role, and Bardem turned it down because his English was still poor, but they ended up working together in 2002. He has a penchant for characters dark and grim, and he won an Academy Award for his work in No Country for Old Men.
Brad Pitt: He's banned from China (they didn't like that he played the Dalai Lama's friend in Seven Years in Tibet); although not completely fluent, he speaks Japanese; and he has a pilot's license.
Javier Bardem: He doesn't drive (he doesn't like "turning"); he needed money and worked as a stripper for 10 minutes (his mother was in the audience!); and he was the first Spanish actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Brad Pitt: In high school, he was a member of various teams like golf, swimming, tennis and wrestling. He always stays fit, but for movies like Fight Club and Troy, he intensified his workout routines, dedicating different days to different body parts. He gained 20 pounds of muscle for his role in Troy.
Javier Bardem: He played rugby for the underage Spanish National Team until he was 24. In Before Night Falls, he lost 30 pounds to better portray Reinaldo Arenas. He likes to work out and is very consistent with his regimen.
Brad Pitt: Pitt and Angelina Jolie are two of the biggest celebrity supporters of humanitarian and political causes. They established the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 to assist with humanitarian crises around the world. They are exceptionally giving of their time and money to causes that they feel strongly about.
Javier Bardem: Fellow actors have described his enthusiasm and confidence as contagious. He has donated funds to Artists for Peace and Justice, ENOUGH Project and Greenpeace.
Brad Pitt: A lover of dogs, he's had many over the years. The dogs in the movie Se7en that his character plays with were his dogs. He and Angelina Jolie currently have two dogs named Blackout Superstar and Jacque.
Javier Bardem: No pets at this time.
Brad Pitt: In 1982, Brad enrolled in the University of Missouri, majoring in journalism. With only two weeks left until graduation, he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles where he immediately enrolled in acting classes and took on odd jobs to support himself.
Javier Bardem: He studied painting at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y Oficios for four years.
Brad Pitt: Brad has been linked to Juliette Lewis, Thandie Newton, Gwyneth Paltrow and was married to Jennifer Aniston. He's been with Angelina Jolie since 2005 and the couple have six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. Speculations arose earlier this month when Jolie was spotted with a new ring on her wedding finger that the pair secretly married.
They're both starring in 20th Century Fox's The Counselor, out today! Vote for your favorite hunk now!
About Mara Marini
Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxx on the hit NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called "Inside Dating" on Break.com, will soon be guest-starring on Disney's "Kickin' It" and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website, www.maramarini.com, follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.
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